For the fourth time, Moldovan President Igor Dodon is visiting Mount Athos. He is accompanied by members of Parliament, officers, and friends. On Sunday morning, the President attended Divine Liturgy at the monastery of Vatopedi, where he was warmly welcomed by the Hegumen, Archimandrite Ephrem. Then he went to Karyes, where he venerated the “Axion Estin” (It is truly meet) icon of the Mother of God.
He also visited the monasteries of Iviron and Saint Paul and spent the night at the Saint Anne skete. This morning, the Moldavian president climbed Mount Athos, an ascent of about two hours.